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44-14620

P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 352FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Lt R C Burlingame, later passed to Lt J E Davenport. Transferred to 503FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 339th Fighter Group

    339th Fighter Group

    Group
    In the years before deployment to the UK, the Group had been designated as a Bombardment Group (Dive) and trained in A-24 and A-25 dive-bombers and P-39 Airacobras. When, in April 1944, they joined the Eighth Air Force in Britain though, the pilots...

  • 353rd Fighter Group

    353rd Fighter Group

    Group
    The 353rd Fighter Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force on 7 June 1943. The group flew P-47 Thunderbolts, and from October 1944, P-51 Mustangs, as escorts for bombing missions across occupied Europe and to strafe targets on the ground. Tactical...

  • 359th Fighter Group

    359th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 359th Fighter Group flew 346 missions from East Wretham between December 1943 and April 1945. In the main these missions were escorting bombers flying over occupied Europe. The Group, soon after converting from Thunderbolts to Mustangs, were...

  • 352nd Fighter Squadron
  • 368th Fighter Squadron

    368th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    Distinguished Unit Citation: Germany, 11 September 1944.

  • 503rd Fighter Squadron

People

  • Gordon Burlingame

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Experienced three times that he lived but should not have. Wasn't an ace (had only 3 kills) but preferred this. Always aimed for the boiler when firing on trains to allow the engineer a chance to escape alive (according to daughter's remarks in...

  • John Davenport

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 352FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Joseph Mortorana

    Military | Sergeant | Armourer | 353rd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 353FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF.

  • Charles Perkins

    Military | Sergeant | Asst Crew Chief | 353rd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 352FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF.

  • Otto Stopen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Crew chief | 353rd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 352FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF.

Places

  • East Wretham

    Military site : airfield
    East Wretham was not improved to Class A standard. It retained its shorter runways, although eventually pierced-steel planking was laid to make take offs and landings easier for the Thunderbolt, and then Mustang, pilots. Steel matting was also laid to...

  • Fowlmere

    Military site : airfield
    Just as nearby Duxford was known as the 'Duck pond' by American airmen, so Fowlmere was known as 'the Hen Puddle' because of the wet conditions that pervaded the bases during the winter of 1943-1944. The 339th Fighter Group had no choice but to persist...

  • Raydon

    Military site : airfield
    Although never used as such, Raydon was built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, with three concrete runways, 50 loop and one pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Initially on loan to the Ninth Air Force, it was first...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Inglewood, CA, USA 1944

Built at North American.

Delivered Beale AFB, CA, USA 1944

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Raydon, Ipswich IP7, UK 1944

Assigned to 352FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Raydon, Ipswich IP7, UK 6 November 1944

Taxiing Accident Raydon/Sta 157 Cat 3 damage [ground crew], 6-Nov-44.

P-51D 44-14620 - 352FS 353FG 8AF

Assigned Fowlmere, Royston SG8, UK December 1944

Transferred to 503FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF.

Assigned Wretham IP24, UK 1945

Transferred to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 August 2017 18:06:33 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

http://littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=44-14620&Submit=Search
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=44-14620&Submit4=Go
https://353rdfightergroup.wordpress.com/352nd-fs-aircraft/

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